ITM 2015 Host Meghalaya to welcome over 100 indigenous communities worldwide
SHILLONG: Meghalaya will play host to the biggest conglomeration of the indigenous communities from over 52 different countries across the globe representing more than 100 communities in the Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM) 2015, likely booking a place in the Guiness Book of World Record.
"ITM is approaching Guiness Book of World Record in this regard as this will be the biggest gathering of indigenous communities worldwide," Chairman of the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) Phrang Roy said.
The ITM 2015 scheduled to be held in the state from November 3-7, will be an international platform for the locals of the state and the region as a whole to showcase, interact and share the diversified culture, traditions and cuisines.
A variety of activities is lined up for the mega event which includes taste workshops, amalgamation of different cuisines in one kitchen, thematic track session, reviving the dying art of making tea out of wild herbs, workshops on various topics which includes learning from matriarchal societies: nutritional security and local food systems, and many more.
"This festival is a celebration of the various cultural and biological diversities of indigenous communities across the globe," Roy said adding that the event will also expose the capability of NE region to host event of international repute which is otherwise always ignored.
A face changer for the state and the region, the ITM 2015 will accommodate as many as 500-600 delegates coming from different countries, of which homestay is a more preferable option, given the fact that Meghalaya is known for its hospitality.
The food items arranged to be served to the guest will however, differ keeping in view the latter's food habits. 50 percent will be purely local food whereas 25 percent continental and the remaining 25 percent will be Indian food.
"Food is not only a question of nutritional values but it reflects one's culture, taste and relationship with mother earth," NESFAS food coordinator, Rahul Antao said adding that this event will inculcate the wisdom of traditional knowledge to the people.
Feature image: Organisers of Indigenous Terra Madre 2015 addressing a press conference on Saturday